Hello...Nerrrrds. *raises one eyebrow*

I was feeling particularly random, so I decided I would write you all a note.
(let us, for a moment, pretend that we are pen pals.)

The weather lately has been unrelentingly scorching, rendering me completely useless in any activity, save sitting, sleeping, eating, reading, and spending far too long engaged in inactive (online) social observation. It makes one wonder how the women of Victorian England managed to stay petite, even though it was considered unladylike to do practically anything that required movement.

Oh, that's right. They danced.
(yes. I just turned ABBA on.)

Alrighty, now that I've got a nice shoulder-pump going on, I'll continue.

Speaking of food...I'm learning I could probably eat breakfast food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Give me nuts, oats, fruit, and the occasional addition of chocolate (paired with a cup of hot tea or coffee), and I could be mentally content for life. I say mentally, because undoubtedly I would become quite discontent with my inexorable health degradation after some short time.

You should know, I had carrot juice and mac 'n' cheese for lunch. healthy.
(ok. not exactly.)

I sometimes often wish that we all could spend a long weekend together, enjoying the supreme pleasure of one another's company. Wouldn't it be enlivening to be able to hear each other laugh (all the better if you laugh like a complete dork), share stories (hopefully ones that evoke laughter at the storyteller's expense), tease one another about our varying accents (I don't have one of those...what?), and excuse one another for periodic bathroom breaks?

Oh, that last part was just to see if you were paying attention.
(However, that would happen, you know.)

Alright...I shall leave you now. I anxiously await your reply, anticipating news of your well-being and recent amusements. Don't forget to play one of your favorite albums to dance to while you write (er...comment), and tell me what it is.

P.S. A candle, sitting on the desk next to me, boasts the scent "Elf Cookies"... Somehow, that sounds wrong.

"Stay away from them elves! Ya never know when one of 'em's gonna drop a cookie!"

Am I right?!


Serious Vlogging. (Well, Sorta.)

I'm not sure if we got a hold of some electric juice, or what... but tonight, my momma and I were both taken over by practically inexhaustible spasticity! So, what did we do about it? Well, we did the logical thing, and sat down in front of the webcam.

"We're gonna do a vlog!" Mother exclaimed.

...and so we did. What's more, we couldn't resist posting the very first take we did, because... well, it's completely ridiculous! It's hard to stay on topic when your brain is going a million miles an hour, spewing randomness all along the way.

We plan on doing more soon. Hopefully (yes, hopefully), we'll be able to do some that aren't so sporadic and utterly pointless.

That being said, here's our completely ridiculous vlog, for your viewing enjoyment befuddlement.

To the subject we were attempting to discuss...

What do you think makes a blog worth reading?

P.S. Carla, whom we mentioned in the vlog can be found here. Yes, she's blonde, and fantastic. :) Ha!


Recollections & Bittersweet Smiles

Sipping my morning cup of tea, I delve into a mental pool of nostalgia. I see the dim light of an unseen sun creeping into the black sky, and it reminds me of a time not so long ago. A time when life didn’t seem to have ups and downs, or good days and bad days... it was simply... simple.

Once upon a time, I awakened under green flannel sheets and a quilt, stretching perfectly relaxed limbs, and blinking eyes that held the look of sleep without so much as a dark circle under them. My first thought? My momma’s arms. I seldom remembered the act of getting out of bed, because my destination was so vivid. Walking down a dull hallway full of doors that looked exactly the same, I finally approached the open end, which took me to the kitchen table and almost immediately into the same arms I’d awakened with the intent of filling up.

My sweet mother embraced me warmly. I could lay my head--full of messy, unattended hair--onto her chest, without a second thought. I could smell her coffee wafting through the air, and feel the warmth as she swallowed each drink. Sometimes, daddy would be sitting across the table, talking to her; about what, I had not a clue. Their voices soothed something deep inside of me--something that, as a child, I took for granted. Looking back, I wish I could have bottled that something up and saved it for an older me, who forgets what it feels like to experience things with such instinctive purity and freshness.

these things...

  • Laying sideways on the carpet, holding a lidded, plastic cup full of milked down, decaf coffee, with an ice cube... swishing it around, until I could no longer hear it clink against the side, then taking a sip of its rich goodness.

  • Watching intently, as the television lit up our living room. Revisiting my favorite mice, kittens, rabbits, or good old Winnie the Pooh--dreaming up worlds in which I was a part of their lives, as well as they a part of mine.

  • Singing so loud, completely unaware of what I sounded like; unaware that this kind of unabashed expression would someday be more difficult to obtain.

  • Cradling doll after doll; each and every one named the simple, whimsical name, Alice. Telling them about my plans for the day, which consisted almost exclusively of frivolities, like “dancing”, and “taking a nap”.

These things and so many more things... O, I wish I could experience them again! So fresh, new, and simply good!

I can’t go back.

No matter how deeply nostalgia draws me back into those days, I can never go back.

Yet, in some way, I still live vicariously through every child that surrounds me. Every time Harrison approaches with the sole intention of bestowing a perfect kiss on my cheek, I am blessed with a taste of childhood. Each time I see a child rolling lazily around on the carpet, I feel their perfect ease emanating from the surrounding spaces, seeping into my melting heart.

How do I keep these emotions at bay?

Honestly, I don’t try. Because, I fully believe that once I reach heaven’s golden fields and eternal bliss, I will feel all of these perfect beauties again, with greater peace, happiness, and vividness than I ever have before.

So, in a way, I’m looking ahead...

What are some of your greatest childhood memories? Are they specific, or more abstract?


Need a Laugh? Go Ahead & Get it at My Expense!

You all know I'm a random/weird/quirky sort of person dork...

...but sometimes I even surprise myself.

Dearest Apple,
It's as simple as this...

I love you!

--me <3

P.S. No worries... more REAL blogging coming soon. This is what happens when Ab has a random spaztastic moment. Ha! :P